Now I know you are already thinking….what’s this, Clare and Grant have done a quick trip to Cape York, Queensland to top up their year list? These birds are “rare in rainforest clearings and edges and mangroves in north-eastern Queensland south to Cairns”. Well, that didn’t happen! Maybe one day, but not this week!
Thursday evening we had just returned from a very windy walk along the beach and were sat outside on our back veranda. I suddenly saw a ridiculously brightly coloured bird fly out of one of our dense native bushes and land on the ground. I had never seen anything like it and it looked like the sort of bird a small child would colour in given only three colours to play with-bright green, bright blue and red! It was at ease with the other birds that visit and it didn’t bother them and nor did they bother it. We had a Blue-faced Parrot Finch in our garden!!
Blue-faced Parrot Finch and Peaceful Dove
Blue-faced Parrot Finch
It has a very shrill sound and it calls as it moves around the garden, which is very handy as it flits from one bright green bush or tree to another! We heard it just after 5am on Friday as it was already light and all the other birds were in to bathe, drink and feed.
Blue-faced Parrot Finch early morning
Although the lawn was not desperate for a cut I decided to mow it, because the Double-barred Finch enjoy it when I do. Shortly after it was mown they all congregated on the grass to pick through and get seeds. Of course the Blue-faced Parrot Finch joined in!
Blue-faced Parrot Finch and Double-barred Finches feeding on the lawn
It is using all of our various watering points that we have for the birds and is completely at ease with the other birds.
Blue-faced Parrot Finch and Brown Honeyeater getting a drink
It has accompanied a Brown Honeyeater onto our veranda and swung on the washing line with it and is happily flitting around all our native trees and bushes. It has fed on the lemon basil that has conveniently gone to seed as well.
Blue-faced Parrot Finch and Double-barred Finch
Blue-faced Parrot Finch
Now, this little bird must have escaped from somewhere and it would be nice to know how far it travelled to reach our garden. We have had the local radio station ask if anyone has lost a pet bird, but no-one has responded yet. It would appear that it really doesn’t matter too much, as it is living quite a luxurious life at the moment and there’s no reason why it should not continue to do so! It must be thinking this is a larger cage than it had before! Thankfully the weather in Broome is somewhat similar to Queensland and we hope to have our own “wild pet” bird for some time to come!
So, this bird has been put on my year list, because I want it to be on my year list…my list and my rules! I have noted it is an “escapee”, though!
But…wait…what if it is not an escapee and actually a Papuan Parrotfinch!?